The Center for Transboundary Water Management, directed by Dr. Clive Lipchin, provides a platform for regional water professionals and policy makers to cooperate in water conservation, desalination, wastewater treatment and education. The Center facilitates direct communication among regional water professionals in the three lower riparian states of the Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin (Israel, Palestine and Jordan). The open dialogue that is made possible by the center enables the flow of data and, most importantly, establishes long-lasting relationships built on trust and integrity between those who are responsible for the sustainable management of the region’s fragile water resources.
RESEARCH PROJECTS INCLUDE:
The Center of Transboundary Water Management (CTWM) is looking at methods to reduce wastewater pollution while increasing water supply to households and communities in the West Bank located outside of the region’s wastewater treatment network. [Read more]
One of The Center’s main areas of focus is the Dead Sea, which is declining at an alarming rate of one meter per year. Though there are many reasons for the decline, the main cause has been the diversion of the freshwater source via the Jordan River by Israel, Jordan and Syria.
The Arava Institute has recently become a partner of CONSERVE, along with several US universities. This project, led by the University of Maryland and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), was initiated in 2016 as part of the Water for Agriculture Challenge [Read more]
The Center received a grant from the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection and National Geographic to conduct a survey of plastic pollution in the Red Sea and to develop a public awareness campaign on the environmental harm of plastic pollution on the Red Sea coral reefs and aquatic life.
The Center successfully built and tested a prototype system and is now installing a larger system on a farm in the West Bank where saline groundwater is limiting the types of crops produced. On site and off grid desalination has the potential to improve water quality, thus expanding vegetable production and variety.